Encounters of the Third Kind

Trip Start Jul 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 31, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Wyoming
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Back to Wyoming to drive the circle tour to Devils Tower, the nations first Natural National Monument declared so by President T. Roosevelt in 1906. It is a huge rock with grooves down the sides. Legend says that several Indian girls were out walking and a bear came after them. They climbed on the rock and asked it for help. It kept elongating itself higher and higher to the sky while the bear jumped and clawed at it. The bear eventually fell and broke a paw and the girls went into the sky where they remain as the constellation, Pleiades. Most people will recognize the rock from the movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. The route there and beyond was beautiful red rock cliffs and gorges. We stopped along the creek to have lunch but despite all Susan’s trepidation about snakes, she lead the way and stepped on one, but luckily it was a garter snake. From now on, Aime leads! We later stopped at Savoy and hiked into the Spearfish Falls, a lovely hike down through the forest floor to the falls. We also stopped along the road at the sight of the filming of “Dances With Wolves.” Continued on to Cheyenne Crossing, South Dakota and into the Black Hills where we set up FREE camp at the Dumont Trailhead. The setting is among the trembling aspens and an open meadow. A toilet and fresh potable water and picnic table are all part of the deal. We will continue down this small paved road for another 10 miles and then take gravel road on to Hill City. There we will tour Teddy Bear Town in honour of our daughter, Kira, who collects them. 7000 teddy bears await us and the visit is FREE.
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Kira on

How was that teddy bear museum? Wish I could see that!

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